Today is the day we celebrate…uh..we celebrate…our memorials? Um..today is the day all the swimming pools open. Yeah!
If you are a US citizen and do nothing else, take a moment at 3p.m. local time to remember those who have fallen while serving your country.
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at National Cemeteries.
[Source, Wikipeedia, Memorial Day]
Memorial Day differs from Veterans Day in that Memorial Day is only a federal holiday while Veterans Day is a federal and state holiday. Memorial Day honors people who have died serving in the military while Veterans Day honors all military veterans.